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3 suspects arrested in Spring Hill credit union holdup

SPRING HILL — Hernando detectives have arrested three of four suspects wanted in connection with the robbery last week of a Tampa Postal District Federal Credit Union office at 4094 Deltona Blvd.

The men were tracked down Tuesday at apartments in Fort Lauderdale, according to the Hernando Sheriff's Office. Richard Harris, 21, of 18314 Treehaven Drive, Hudson; Jerald Davis, 22, and Tommy Lee Benton, 49, both of Fort Lauderdale, all face charges of armed robbery and were booked into the Broward County Jail.

Authorities have issued a warrant for a fourth suspect, Jerome Simmons. Simmons, 21, is described as being a light-skinned black male, 5 feet 3, 143 pounds, with a shaved head. He was recently released from the Baker County Correctional Center and is considered possibly armed and dangerous.

Authorities said the four men, all of whom were wearing black ski masks, entered the credit union office on Dec. 24 and began demanding money from tellers. According to the arrest report, two of the robbers were armed with 9mm handguns and a third man had a revolver.

After receiving an undisclosed amount of money from a teller, the robbers allegedly fled in a white, four-door Plymouth to a motel in Ocala. From the motel, the men had an associate pick them up and drive them back to Clearwater to pick up a car.

After picking up the car, the men allegedly drove back home to Fort Lauderdale.

There were no injuries in the holdup. The robbery was the fourth one to occur at a banking facility in Hernando County in 2008.

Joel Anderson can be reached at joelanderson@sptimes.com or at 352-754-6120.

3 suspects arrested in Spring Hill credit union holdup 12/31/08 [Last modified: Friday, January 2, 2009 1:27pm]

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